Finns have chosen such harsh nothern land as their place for location. Their choice has played an important role in the forming of some trates of their character, which not only helped them to curb snow elements in the past as well as to get on with the nothern nature and not just to survive, but also to achieve rather good results. The habit of Finns to overcome difficulties and their diligence were formed in the long process of adaptation to the conditions of cool North.
Four main components of Finnish self-consciousness
Finnish litterauteur of the nineteenth century Tsikarius Torpelius distinguished four main components of the self-consciousness of Finnish nation: wariness, stubbornness, insularity and calmness.
What are they in real life - these, jokingly called, “hot Finnish guys”?
Such feature as slowness is in Finnish national character. Their life passes unhurriedly, in a measured way. This nation is able to enjoy every moment in the life. Finn in hurry on city streets is almost supernatural phenomenon, the exception to the rule. There are many jokes on this occasion and slightly insulting nickname – “brakes”. However, the braking system is a very important component of security in automobiles. So the slowness of Finns can be regarded rather as a reasonable caution, meaningfulness and gravity.
Moreover, these qualities play not the last role in the organization and punctuality of Finns. Order, schedule, timetable are not just words for them. This nation appreciates their own and another's time. They live by the clock in Finland. Lateness can not coexist with the rules of good manners in this country. Sometimes everything depends on the punctuality.
Finns don’t like wasting gab. They are very reserved and taciturn. Every Finnish word has its weight in gold. But this fact doesn’t describe their love to written language. Newspaper articles replace the human communication and information exchange.
In addition, Finns are not accustomed to throw words to the wind. They are very responsible and reliable people. Before taking any promise “hot Finnish guys” will thoroughly consider and comprehend everything for several times.
Personal freedom of Finns
Personal freedom for every Finn is something sacred. That’s why there is an unspoken rule to observe a certain distance during the communication, namely, not less than 1m. Closer distance is regarded as an encroachment and is allowed only in the case of intimate relationships. As for hugs, they are considered to be the atribute of sex and nothing else. Enviable willpower, isn’t it!
“Iron” will, endurance and obstinacy of Finns are also appeared in their actions. If they have an aim, they’ll try to do all their best in order to achieve it. Finns have never abandoned the case without compleating it, in spite of any dificulties and circumstances.
Finnish industry and ability to relax
One must also pay tribute to the industry of Finns. Their hardworking is laid down in their blood. Finns have a clear understanding, that the success in life can be achieved only through hard work. Laziness is trditionally considered to be a vice in the Finnish culture.
However, Finns can not be called the workaholics. This nation is able to relax and realizes all the importance of a healthy balance between work and rest for their labor efficiency. Their working time Finns don’t spend on idle talk, so they can afford the longest holidays in Europe - 39 days. At the same time they don’t work round-the-clock. Every task is done as much as necessary - not a minute more. This is another proof of Finnish prudence and forethought!
Finns are the addicting nation
In spite of their wariness and gravity, Finns are the addicting and open-minded people. This nation loves sport and understands its benefits. Moreover, they don’t just follow the rules and regulations, while sporting. They do it enthusiastically, willingly and in all the year round. Finns are also very fond of traveling - they like to discover something new.
Extraordinary thriftiness is another distinctive feature of Finnish national character. Many people consider Finns to be greedy. But it’s not so exactly. It looks like more as frugality or prudence, which were developed in harsh conditions of the North. Finns are thinking about tomorrow and planning their lives. And it is not worse than thoughtless waste of money. Besides, as we know, money must be counted.
So they are - slow and cautious, punctual and terse, purposeful and hardworking, provident and addicting – “hot Finnish guys”!